Telehaptic Drone Control (Feel the Force)

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As a part of our ongoing explorations of remote controlling things, we recently played around a bit with remote controlled drones and haptic augmented reality. It turned into a nice prototype as well as a showcase for something that future network technologies like 5G will enable. We demonstrated the whole thing at the Mobile World Congress 2016, even live [ Read more ]

Maji Wazi – exploring how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi

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We have recently concluded an exploratory research project together with UN-Habitat (United Nations Programme for Human Settlements) and Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (responsible for water distribution in the Nairobi area). The project’s main ambition was to explore how digital technologies can support access to water in slum areas in Nairobi, and the primary research [ Read more ]

See you at MWC’16

Several quadcopters on a table Ok, we know, it has been awfully quiet here for a while. We’re truly sorry about this. One reason for this absence of information is that we’ve been really busy with a research project that has developed into a rather big demonstrator that will be presented at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (February 22–25) in Barcelona. We can’t [ Read more ]

IKEA Fiction (smart everyday for the many people)

IKEAdesignfiction_spread_home Just a quick note and pointer towards this IKEA Design Fiction catalogue, a project that we have participated in at the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre at Stockholm University, where Ericsson is one of the partners.

The IKEA Design Fiction catalogue is a collection of visualized scenarios that asks a number of open questions about possible futures that could be enabled by emerging [ Read more ]

Upcoming talks: IxDA Oslo and Smartgridkonferansen

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Just a heads-up and pointers to a couple of upcoming talks by Joakim Formo, designer and Senior Researcher at UX Lab. The first is in Oslo, Norway, on Wednesday September 2 and will be about how design can be used actively and strategically in technology research and development. The event is hosted by IxDA Oslo (the event is open to the public, follow this link to join and [ Read more ]

Wrestling with the hegemony of industrialism – Some thoughts on innovation

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Earlier this year the British innovation company Fluxx contacted me for an interview about how we at the UX Lab and Ericsson are working with innovation. The interview is now published on their excellent website! As usual my answers were rather long so they needed to be edited a bit, however both Fluxx and we thought it could be of interest to publish a more raw [ Read more ]

Exploring the relations between near future ICTs and prosperity in Nairobi, Kenya

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There hasn’t been too much information about the activities in the UN-Habitat partnership on the blog. Fortunately, lack of activities is not the reason for this silence. It has rather been a very busy first year of the research collaboration. Anyhow, it is definitely time to write a few lines about one of the projects we have done together.

First, a short [ Read more ]

True remote controlling at the upcoming Mobile World Congress

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In a few weeks’ time (March 2-5) we’ll be at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This year we at the UX Lab will be there to present the evolved version of the concept “Remote Control over Mobile Networks” that we introduced last year (http://www.ericsson.com/uxblog/2014/03/mwc-recap-presenting-an-ux-view-of-the-future-of-mobile-networks-and-systems/). We’re pretty excited considering that this year we will present a fully [ Read more ]

Moral compasses and parallel universes — a few thoughts about technology and ethics

smilescale_16-9 Should public safety trump civil liberty? Will cities (or our lives for that matter) become better if we make them more efficient? Does it matter if common technologies are indecipherable to most people? Is it always a given that the data generated by people’s use of products and services belongs to the ones providing those products and services?

These kinds [ Read more ]

Upcoming IoT Sthlm Meetup: Ethics & Technology

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Just a pointer to an upcoming event hosted by us at the UX Lab and Ericsson. On January 29 a meetup on Ethics & Technology will be held at the Ericsson Studio here in Kista, Stockholm (follow the link to RSVP). As the title suggests, we’ll be talking about the ethical and moral aspects [ Read more ]